RET has directly supported
103,987 Afghans and indirectly benefitted
519,935 Afghans through
39 projects since 2001.
The primary areas of intervention:
Education – Basic infrastructure – Women’s socio-economic empowerment – Returnees’ reintegration and economic empowerment
Afghanistan has gone through periods of conflict and instability since the war against the Former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, USSR in the late 1970s. This has caused massive displacement inside the country, as well as to neighboring countries. Many people have since returned, despite the country still being in a fragile situation. Young women were left the most vulnerable with little or no access to education.
In 2001, RET started working with Afghan communities in Pakistan, and supported 44,522 Afghan refugees (of which at least 12,478 were female), including 1,556 educators through 14 projects.
Through its cross-border activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 551 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Afghan (of which 523 female), including 230 educators benefitted from RET’s projects.
In 2008, RET entered Afghanistan, as Afghans started to return home after years of displacement. RET has implemented accelerated learning programs, life skills training, skills training for income generation, and provided medical services, kindergarten daycare and small-business training for male family members. through its Women’s Learning Centers, thirty-five of which are open to-date.
To ensure sustainability, RET has always worked very closely with local communities, community leaders as well as the local and provincial government authorities using a participatory and community-based approach in all its responses. The programs have led to four awards including the Afghan National Hero Award from the Afghan Parliament and the Massoud Foundation in the provinces of Parwan and Panjshir, and the inauguration of a total of 35 Community Learning Centers established to-date.
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